Buybacks, Dividends Consume 95% of Earnings
The amount of profits dedicated to shareholder payouts is up 10 percentage points from the long-term average.
Audit Fees for Public Companies Up 4.5%
The impact of PCAOB inspections contributed to the rising cost of public-company audits, finds an FEI study.
Forecast for Equipment and Software Spending Rises
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation points to a solidifying economic recovery and widespread availability of credit.
SBA Extends Fee Relief on Small-Dollar Loans
Working capital loans of $150,000 or less will incur no upfront guaranty fee or annual servicing fee.
PCAOB Exploring Alternative for Auditor Identification
The PCAOB appears to be backing away from requiring engagement partners be identified in an audit client's annual report.
High Court to Hear ERISA Fiduciary Breach Case
The Supreme Court agrees to consider the case of Edison International employees who claim the company provided "imprudent plan investments."
FDIC Downgrades Puerto Rico Bank’s Financial Condition
Doral Financial was proclaimed "significantly undercapitalized" by the FDIC and must immediately increase capital or submit a contingency plan.
Google Escalates Cloud Price War
The web giant further reduced prices for Google Compute Engine. Will Amazon and others follow suit?
The Price of Silence on Earnings Calls
When analysts ask few or no questions — or aren't allowed to — a company experiences a negative market reaction, says a new study.
Coke Trims Exec Comp Plan Amid Outcry
Shareholder Wintergreen Advisers had argued that the overly generous plan could have diluted shareholders by as much as 16.6%.
IT Security Spending Falls as Attacks Increase
Small companies in particular pared back their cyber-security budgets this year, according to PwC.